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I was warned not to do it
Old 03-22-2014, 06:43 PM
 
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but I did it anyway. My 8 yr old non verbal friend with Autism was destroying glue sticks when he tried to use them. No matter how much control I tried to take, he would always roll that glue stick out and press really hard. There would be glue all over what he was gluing and the glue stick would run out in less than a week. I asked the OT specialist and the special ed teacher to help me come up with a strategy to teach him to use glue sticks properly, but they didn't have any different ideas than I did. I remember in the old days all of our children learned to use liquid glue, so I brought in old fashioned liquid glue. I was advised I would regret it. The OT specialist gave me a couple of tips, like putting the glue on a piece of paper or in a dish and giving the student a cotton swab to put the glue on with. That seemed like a mess, so I decided I would have full control over the glue and the student could glue his paper down. After several weeks of this, I began to let the student have control over the glue bottle. I only opened it partially so that it would not come out as fast. At first it was a little messy but he tried so hard to get it right. He even opened and closed the nozzle, examining it very carefully until he understood how it worked. Now he can glue the tiniest strip of paper with a minimal amount of glue. We are not getting messy and he is not having a meltdown over the glue. I do not have papers all over the classroom drying. I am so glad we are using regular glue. Maybe before the end of the year, now that he knows he does not need a little glue, we will try to transition back to using glue sticks. For now, I am excited, excited enough I took a work sample out to the car loop to share with his mother.


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